エスター・ニューマン

(Esther Newman)

故郷であるカリフォルニア州エンシニタスへ最近帰郷したエスター・ニューマンは、大学卒業後、オハイオ州クリーブランド・メトロパークス動物園でマーケティングとメディア・プロダクションの職に就く。その後、大学院へ進学し20世紀アメリカ史を学ぶ。大学院在学中に自身の家族史に興味を持ち、強制収容や移民、日系人のホスト社会への同化などといった日系ディアスポラ関係のテーマで独自にリサーチを続けている。

(2010年7月 更新)

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Artistry in Armor: An Interview with Darin S. Furukawa, Artist, Educator, and Samurai Arts Specialist

Darin S. Furukawa and Mike Yamasaki are co-curators Japanese American National Museum’s new exhibit for the  month of August, Jidai: Timeless Works of Samurai Art. Together, they are preserving and passing along an appreciation for traditional Japanese culture. 

Responding to emailed questions, Darin shared his perspectives on the exhibit.

1) How did you gain expertise in Japanese swords? A brief bio, please.

I am actually more familiar with samurai armor than swords, but I consider myself still very much a student of both. I graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Art History, with a significant amount of ...

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Paying Culture Forward: Passing on the Traditions of Japanese Art Swords

What separates a Japanese art sword from any manufactured metal-bladed weapon? An extraordinary level of craftsmanship, artistry, and specific techniques that are carefully passed along from generation to generation—in other words, tradition.

Mike Yamasaki has made it his life’s work to transmit the understanding of and appreciation for traditional Japanese art swords. He’s a world renowned expert and master appraiser of samurai swords, which requires a sharp eye and broad knowledge of Japanese history and culture. In fact, Mike is the only non-Japanese citizen to ever win the appraisal competition at a Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozonkai (NBTHK ...

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My Grandfather’s Lasting Legacy: A New Chapter for Museo Amano and the Nikkei Community in Lima, Peru

My grandfather, led an exceptional life that has been detailed in numerous publications including several multi-part articles and video interviews here at DiscoverNikkei.org.1

Born in Japan in 1898, he was a businessman, scientist, inventor, world traveler, and “enemy alien,” imprisoned without charge on December 7, 1941, as a Japanese civilian living near the Panama Canal. He published an account of his ordeal after repatriation to Japan in 1942 when he was reunited with his four children and his sister. For most people, family life, writing, and managing several businesses would provide more than enough material to build a ...

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After Camp: Portraits in Midcentury Japanese American Life and Politics - Dr. Greg Robinson

The wartime roundup and removal from the West Coast of 120,000 American citizens and permanent residents of Japanese ancestry has generated an enormous literature, including important contributions from Dr. Greg Robinson. But the postwar period of resettlement and renewal of Japanese American communities, largely unstudied, is also compelling and deserving of attention. Robinson, Professor of History at l’Université du Québec À Montréal, has just published the first in-depth look at this period in After Camp: Portraits in Midcentury Japanese American Life and Politics.

Through a series of essays grouped into five broad thematic sections, After Camp examines ...

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The Morey Family: A Self-Guided Walking Tour through Little Tokyo History

Four generations of the Morey family have been a part of Little Tokyo’s business community. Three generations of the Morey family have also been a part of the Japanese American National Museum, since its inception nearly thirty years ago. In fact, much of the Morey family history has taken place within a two-block stroll, west, from the Museum plaza.

1. Your tour starts on the broad steps of JANM’s 85,000 square-foot pavilion designed by Gyo Obata who is also principal architect of the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

2. Walk west to the third ...

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